Luther Youngdahl

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Luther W. Youngdahl
Youngdahl in 1949
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
May 29, 1966 – June 21, 1978
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
August 29, 1951 – May 29, 1966
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byThomas Alan Goldsborough
Succeeded byJohn Lewis Smith Jr.
27th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 8, 1947 – September 27, 1951
LieutenantC. Elmer Anderson
Preceded byEdward John Thye
Succeeded byC. Elmer Anderson
Personal details
Born
Luther Wallace Youngdahl

(1896-05-29)May 29, 1896
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedJune 21, 1978(1978-06-21) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
EducationGustavus Adolphus College (B.A.)
Mitchell Hamline School of Law (LL.B.)

Luther Wallace Youngdahl (May 29, 1896 – June 21, 1978) was an American judge and politician who served as the 27th governor of Minnesota and a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Education and career[edit]

Born on May 29, 1896, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Youngdahl graduated from Minneapolis South High School. He then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1919 from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Bachelor of Laws in 1921 from the Minnesota College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law). He served as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I. He was an assistant city attorney for Minneapolis from 1921 to 1924 and in private practice from 1924 to 1930. He was a judge of the Minneapolis Municipal Court from 1930 to 1936 and of the Minnesota District Court for the Fourth Judicial District from 1936 to 1942. He was an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1942 to 1946. A member of the Republican Party, he was the governor of Minnesota from January 8, 1947, to September 27, 1951.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On July 6, 1951, President Harry S. Truman nominated Youngdahl to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated by Judge Thomas Alan Goldsborough. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 28, 1951, and received his commission on August 29, 1951. He assumed senior status on May 29, 1966.[1] His service terminated on June 21, 1978, upon his death in Washington, D.C.[2] He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Youngdahl, Luther Wallace – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ "Judge Luther Youngdahl, Ex-Governor of Minnesota, Dies", The Washington Post, June 22, 1978
  3. ^ ANC Explorer

Further reading[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
1946, 1948, 1950
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by 27th Governor of Minnesota
1947–1951
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
1951–1966
Succeeded by